Saturday, April 25, 2009

Miss Moriah

I know it has been a while since I've updated, and we have been busy doing lots of fun things. We took the kids to Picnic Day last weekend, have been swimming, playing t-ball and just enjoying the outdoors. But those pictures will have to wait for another day. Because yesterday I got to meet a very special little girl.

Sweet Baby Moriah

Her name is Moriah and her story will inspire you. She is sixteen months old and has spent the last (almost) six months in the hospital. Her parents, Justin and Victoria, are two of the most amazing parents you could ever meet. Their incredible faith and trust in God is what has been carrying them through this time, but the weariness is settling in. Can you imagine spending every day for six months visiting your baby in the hospital? I can't. Ten weeks was our longest stay and I don't think I could have handled much more than that. This family is handling the situation with love, with grace and with honesty. Is it possible to love an entire family before you've even met them? I'm not sure, but I feel like I do.

So this past Thursday another amazing heart mom, Amber, flew across the country to come and meet Victoria and Moriah. Her willingness to follow God's prompting and get on 3 airplanes to fly across thousands of miles to meet total strangers and do whatever she could to minister to them, inspired me to do whatever I could to help as well. So I picked Amber up from the airport on Thursday evening. We met and hugged and decided we each looked just like our pictures on our blogs! Then we drove to the hospital to meet Victoria and spend some time together. It was wonderful to just be together, to share some of our lives and love on that sweet girl!

Please keep Moriah and her family in your prayers. They are fighting this battle the best that they can, but have no idea when it will end. If any of you reading this find yourself complaining about something, I encourage you to turn that into a prayer. Are your kids driving you crazy? Be glad that they are home with you and healthy enough to do what they are doing, then say a prayer for Moriah. Is your husband getting on your nerves? Be thankful that you have not had to spend the past six months apart, and say a prayer for Justin and Victoria. Got some silly drama with friends or family? Thank God that those are the most serious problems you have and say a prayer for this sweet family. We are all guilty of getting caught up with things that just aren't that important from time to time, I am just hoping that hearing this story will make us all appreciate the blessings that we have and will remind us to lift them up in prayer.

Heart Moms-Andrea, Victoria, Amber

She loves me! It was so hard to say goodbye!


Drew and Ava's Grandma said...

As always, I'm so proud of you, Andrea. I will keep Moriah in my prayers. If you ever hear of someone who needs a heart grandma to support them, please let me know.
Love, Mom

Amy, Steve, Molly, Paige and Garrett said...

Praying for Moriah....

Jessica said...

You are so right. I get caught up in the daily blahs....
it's human nature, but I will try to be more, do more, think better and pray better!
Love you!

Anonymous said...

PICTURES! Finally!!! Just checking in on all the Cali gals!!! I am smiling ear to ear thinking about the support that you were able to provide to Moriah and her precious parents. Will continue to lift them!!!



(blogstalker of Amber)

Amber said...

So glad to hear Amber made it okay and that you all had a nice visit. And my three could be sisters! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea Andrea to remember this sweet family each time I get caught up in my own simple drama's in life. I love the picture of her touching your face. So So So SWEET!!!

Kate said...

that's very sweet; i'm glad that you were able to finally meet them! (and i recognize that waterfall!)

Anne Marie said...

Thank you for being you, Andrea! Beautiful words, beautiful story... and I'm including precious little Moriah in my prayers.

Amber said...

I love you friend!!!! Thank you so much for making the effort. :0)

The Portas said...

You and Amber both have me in tears this morning! I'm so honored to know such amazing women. You and Amber are inspiring and wonderful people..

Praying hard for the sweet Moriah..xox

Kathy said... are such a sweet friend!
I wish that I lived closer to have met Victoria and Amber too!
I know she appreciated your visit.
you're a great mama,'re the best!!!
hug those kiddos for me!

Chez Family said...

Between you and Amber the tears will not stop coming. I loved your post! So amazing that you both went to visit MIss Moriah and Victoria. It seems to have been such a blessing for all of you.

I'm just so sad I was not able to be there to be with you girls. I would of broke up the sisters look a like :) with the blonde hair. But would of loved to share the instant bond a "heart mom" shares. Im anxious to read your blog and am going to start this evening.

Hope to stay in touch~


Vanessa said...

Wow, what an amazing story. You are so blessed to be meeting all these amazing people in your heart walk. I'll keep this family in my prayers.